Summary: Lightning fast Processor. Still holds up quite well, despite Haswell being out. Overclocked to 4.8ghz without much hassle, and is kept relatively cool by a h100. 4 stars because Haswell is out, and you should probably get that instead of this :P
Summary: This product lived up to the unanimously positive review scores it receives. I've had it for almost a year, so maybe it has been dethrone by another product, but all PC games I play still run buttery.
Pros: -Great performance for the price
Cons: -I bought a heat sink with this product that I've had installed from day one, so I can't speak to the product's noise or heat levels.
Summary: Decided on Ivy Bridge over Haswell because the price versus performance difference, not only for this CPU but also for the mother board I bought to go with it, the Asrock Extreme 3. I bought that mobo from a competing retailer for $109 with a $40 mail in rebate on top of that.
Summary: Replaced an email@example.comGHz (no K) with this K model to raise the speed just a little for my grandkids gaming computer. Raising the freq to 3.6GHz may not sound like much, but them kids noticed the improvement almost instantly. That set-up has two EVGA GTX660SCs in SLI running triple 24" Samsungs.